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San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTING GREEN - By Susan Slusser Susan Slusser is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

Matt Chap­man a bit be­hind post-surg­eries.

MESA, Ariz. — Matt Chap­man is re­cov­er­ing well from his two mi­nor off­sea­son surg­eries, but the A’s Plat­inum Glove third base­man is likely to miss a few ex­hi­bi­tion games early in spring train­ing.

“It’s hard to say when ev­ery­thing will be a full go,” Chap­man said Sun­day at Ho­hokam Sta­dium, adding later that he ex­pects to play in the March 20 reg­u­lar-sea­son opener in Ja­pan.

“I know I’ll be ready by the sea­son,” he said.

Chap­man had surgery Oct. 16 to re­move the sesamoid bone from his right hand af­ter dis­com­fort in the area side­lined him briefly twice last sea­son, and he said his thumb is feel­ing great. He also had surgery to fix an AC joint prob­lem in his left (non­throw­ing) shoul­der Dec. 16.

Chap­man said that the shoul­der in­jury had been a bit of an is­sue while field­ing grounders or at times as he started his swing dur­ing the sea­son, but he as­sumed that with the down time he’d have af­ter thumb surgery that it would go away. In­stead, it started bark­ing at him when he be­gan his re­hab. “In a per­fect world, I would have said some­thing right off the bat,” he said of wait­ing for two months af­ter the sea­son for the pro­ce­dure.

He is tak­ing grounders and is throw­ing, but Chap­man is on a swing pro­gres­sion af­ter a win­ter spent “kind of putting my­self back to­gether,” he said. “Not ex­actly how you’d like to draw it up; you’d prob­a­bly like to have some more down time and more time to train.”

Chap­man an­tic­i­pates be­gin­ning to hit over­hand tosses next week. “The way it’s look­ing now, I’ll be not too far be­hind ev­ery­one else,” he said.

Go­ing into his sec­ond full big-league sea­son, Chap­man is also sport­ing a new look: He has a thin mus­tache.

“It’s the first time I’ve re­ally been able to grow some fa­cial hair, so I’m wear­ing it proud,” the 25-year-old said. “I wish I could grow a beard like Mar­cus (Semien) but this is all I’ve got, so I’m go­ing to rock what I’ve got.”

Chap­man is not the only A’s player com­ing back from surgery. Left-han­der Sean Manaea will be­gin a throw­ing pro­gram this week af­ter un­der­go­ing shoul­der surgery last fall, putting him well ahead of sched­ule from what was ini­tially ex­pected, and Jharel

Cot­ton and A.J. Puk, re­hab­bing from Tommy John surg­eries, are well into their throw­ing pro­grams.

Right-han­der James Ka­prielian, one of the key mem­bers of the Sonny Gray deal with the Yan­kees in 2017, will be be­hind the rest of the A’s pitch­ers to start the spring af­ter feel­ing some lat dis­com­fort dur­ing a bullpen ses­sion Fri­day. Shoul­der is­sues trou­bled Ka­prielian much of last sea­son as he re­habbed from his 2017 Tommy John surgery.

Bar­reto to re­port late: All pitch­ers and catch­ers were ex­pected to re­port on time Sun­day, but the A’s are ex­pect­ing one late ar­rival among the po­si­tion play­ers. In­fielder Franklin Bar­reto, who lives in Venezuela, isn’t ex­pected to re­port un­til next Sun­day, two days af­ter the po­si­tion play­ers’ re­port­ing date.

The com­plex po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela is cre­at­ing visa de­lays for play­ers at­tempt­ing to get to spring train­ing.

Dustin Brad­ford / Getty Im­ages 2018

A’s third base­man Matt Chap­man, who hit .278 with 24 home runs and won a Gold Glove last sea­son, is re­cov­er­ing from op­er­a­tions on his right hand and left shoul­der.

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